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December 2020

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Diablo Ballet's The Nutcracker Suite
Smuin Ballet's Tess Lane in The Christmas Ballet. Photo: Maggie Carey
Amanda Farris and Michael Wells in Diablo Ballet's The Nutcracker Suite. Photo Aris Bernales

Updated December 23, 2020
Check with venues for performance, dates and times
Nov. 27-Dec. 31
New Ballet
The San Jose Nutcracker

Choreographed by New Ballet Director Dalia Rawson in 2016, “The San Jose Nutcracker” is a retelling of everyone’s favorite classical holiday ballet, set in San Jose at the turn of the last century.
Livestream from the Hammer Theatre
Nov. 27-Dec. 31
San Francisco Ballet
Nutcracker Online

Digital stream of the 2008 San Francisco Ballet and interactive activities.
Nov. 29, 4:00pm
Dec. 2, 7:30pm
Smuin's Virtual Fall Dance Series
Program D
Livestreamed. Offstage/Onscreen allows the Smuin Company Artists to exercise their artistic voices in a series of new works. Each choreographer and their Pod ventured out into the streets and parks, situating their creations in the great outdoors and grounding them in the here and now. Conceived, directed, and filmed by Smuin’s Artists.
Dec. 5, 5:00pm
AXIS Dance
Arthur Pita's Alice in Californiland

A performance and live fundraiser with a special screening. The open-captioned performance will feature a Q&A with choreographer Arthur Pita and our Artistic Director, Marc Brew.
Dec. 5, 6:30PM
Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy
Virtual Open Rehearsal

Watch party, get a behind the scenes glimpse of Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy. Chat with the dancers about the making of the piece, and hear about plans for its premiere in 2021.
RSVP to jo@flyawayproductions.com to receive the online meeting link.
Dec. 8, 6:00-7:30 pm
San Francisco Ballet
Ballet Talk

Online presentation. Brynn Shiovitz, SF Ballet’s 2020 Scholar-in-Residence, gives a first glimpse of her research on SF Ballet’s Nutcracker, the Russian trepak dance, one of seven character dances in the second act of Nutcracker.
Dec. 10, 5:15 PM
Drinks & a Dance

Choreography by KT Nelson, full-company work celebrates the chaotic pulse of our urban centers – where high and low technology exist side-by-side – walking, biking, and high speed transit. Dancing with bicycles designed by Max Chen, Transit rides through the shape of a day, from the first coffee fix to the roll home at night.
starting Dec. 10
Mark Foehringer's
Nutcracker Sweets

A unique, 50-minute online production of the classic holiday ballet designed for families with small children and audiences of all ages.
Dec. 10-31
The Velveteen Rabbit

On-Demand, directed and choreographed by KT Nelson, complete with never before seen family "dance break" videos.
Dec. 11-24
Smuin Contemporary Ballet
25th Anniversary The Christmas Ballet

15 online performances featuring premieres by Amy Seiwert, Ben Needham-Wood, Rex Wheeler, and Company Artists. Programs A, B, and C feature different works. Time-honored favorites and new surprises set to holiday tunes. Each night includes a variety of performances by different “pods” of Smuin artists. See Smuin for details.
Dec. 12, 7:00-9:00pm
P:B Jam Party
Remote dance party with DJ Jacqueen, a special P:B holiday performance, and an opportunity to connect with the P:B artists at Post's annual fundraiser. Patrons of $50+ between August 1st-December 12th are invited to this donor recognition party. Dress is silver, white, glittery bright.
through December 31
San Jose Dance Theatre
The 55th Nutcracker

2020 production filmed on location around San Jose.
Dec. 17, 6:00-7:30 pm
San Francisco Ballet
Ballet Talk

In this panel, dancers, former dancers, musicians, and production personnel, who have been a part of San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, discuss their personal Nutcracker histories and memories, as well as share their thoughts on where ballet goes from here.
Dec. 17, 6:00 PM
ODC Theater
This is Also the Art

With Margaret Jenkins and Rinde Eckert in conversation with their long time collaborator Michael Palmer. Together, they will discuss Jenkins and Eckert’s current process leading up to the future premiere of Migratory Passages.
Dec. 19, 7:00-8:30pm
Available Light

Choreography by Robert Dekkers and Emily Hansel, this new dance film will premiere at the winter performance for Berkeley Ballet Theater. Violinist Helen Kim interprets John Cage's solo Eight Whiskus as dancer Emily Hansel explores the musical landscape of San Francisco's AIDS Memorial Grove. featuring cinematography team Alexander and Valentina Reneff-Olson. Also features new films by choreographers Maurya Kerr, Keon Saghari, and Ky Woodward-Sollesnes.
Dec. 19, 2:00 pm
Oakland Ballet
Nutcracker Stay At Home Matinee
Artistic Director Graham Lustig and OBC dancer Paunika Jones will be your guides.
Dec. 19-Jan. 3; premieres Dec 19, 7:00 pm and Dec 20, 5:00 pm
ZiRu Dance presents
Third Annual Silicon Valley Dance Festival: Renewal
Features 2 world premieres by ZiRu Dance and the work of 7 featured choreographers, including 5 BIPOC artists: Philein Wang of ZiRu Dance (Redwood City); Robert Moses of Robert Moses' KIN (San Francisco); ADIYA of BeijingDance/LDTX (Beijing, China); Brenda Way and KT Nelson of ODC/Dance (San Francisco); Sidra Bell of Sidra Bell Dance New York; and Jennifer Archibald for AXIS Dance Company (Oakland). The Emerging Choreographers program on December 20 features the work of Melecio Estrella and Tassiana Willis (BANDALOOP), Eric Garcia, Charles Roy Jr., and world premieres by Vincent Chavez, and Miche Wong and Jaime Garcia Castilla.
Dec. 20 – 24, 2020 Sunday - Thursday at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m.
Oakland Ballet Company
Graham Lustig's Drive-In Nutcracker
Screenings to take place on the north wall of the Paramount Theatre.
Parking garage entrance: 2100 Telegraph Ave. Oakland
Virtual Link will be available starting Dec. 21 at noon through Dec. 23 at 9:00 pm
Diablo Ballet
The Nutcracker Suite

By popular demand, an encore presentation of Julia Adam’s holiday ballet.
Check with theaters for dates and times.

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